Memorabilia from the Jersey NatWest Island Games 2015 have been added to Jersey Heritage’s permanent collection.
A variety of items were produced for the Games, which saw 24 islands compete in 14 sports between 27 June and 4 July this year. The pieces acquired by Jersey Heritage include a Jersey Post Team Jersey kit, Waitrose Games Maker kit, medals, accreditation passes, drinking cups and much more. The cutest addition to the permanent collection is a cuddly Indigo plush toy, the infant Silverback gorilla who lives at Durrell Wildlife Park and was the mascot of the Games.
A museum is distinguished by the collection of often unique objects that forms the core of its activities, for exhibitions, education, research and so on, and it is a common misconception that museums only have ‘old things’ in their collections. Part of their vital role is to ensure that they acquire the items that will become notable in future, especially if concerned with local heritage.
Val Nelson, Registrar at Jersey Heritage commented ‘Museum collections are a significant public inheritance. The Jersey NatWest Island Games 2015 was an important event in Jersey’s history. These days, people don’t keep things for long therefore it was important that we obtain items for future generations to be able to remember the Games in all their glory. I would like to thank the committee for their endeavours in collecting the items, especially Andy Jehan and Karin Wery whose efforts resulted in a brilliant haul.’